Magnesium reacts with nitrogen to form magnesium nitride. The chemical formula for this reaction is ##Mg+N_2-> MgN_2##. What is the product, or what are the products, of this reaction?

The formula for magnesium nitride is ##Mg_3N_2##.

As do many active metals, magnesium nitride can be formed by heating the metal (fiercely!) under dinitrogen gas:
##3Mg + N_2 rarr Mg_3N_2##
As a nitride it can by hydrolyzed by water to form magnesium hydroxide and ammonia gas:
##Mg_3N_2(s) + 6H_2O(l) rarr 3Mg(OH)_2(aq) + 2NH_3(aq)##

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